Recent Alumni

Michelle Korir, Ph.D.
Michelle Korir, Ph.D.

Michelle earned her Ph.D. in December 2016 in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her project focused on comparing a hypervirulent lineage (ST-17) of group B Streptococcus to other lineages to determine how they interact with human cells as a way to examine their capacity to cause disease.

korirmic@msu.edu

David Knupp
David Knupp

Dave graduated in 2016 with a degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics, minoring in Global Public Health and Epidemiology.  He constructed mutants and performed bioinformatic analyses.

knuppdav@msu.edu

Clare Laut
Clare Laut

Clare graduated in 2016 majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics.  She studied phenotypic changes in GBS in the presence of environmental stressors such as acidity and antibiotics as they relate to pathogenesis.

lautclar@msu.edu

Moriah Moore
Moriah Moore

Moriah worked as a Professorial Assistant for two years. She performed serotyping of non-O157 strains of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.

Matthew Peters
Matthew Peters

Matt was an undergraduate researcher, who graduated in December 2016 majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Epidemiology and Global Public Health. His work focused on characterizing the genotypes of pathogenic E. coli strains and examining the epidemiology of Shigella infections in Michigan.

peter993@msu.edu

Jessica Plemmons
Jessica Plemmons

Jessica  graduated from MSU in 2016. She was in the Lyman Briggs College majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society. She studied the molecular epidemiology of GBS isolates from Nigeria.

plemmon6@msu.edu

Robert Parker, Ph.D.
Robert Parker, Ph.D.

Robert earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in 2016. His work focused on characterizing unique attributes, both molecular and phenotypic, of disease-causing lineages of group B Streptococcus to better understand mechanisms of pathogenesis.

parke274@msu.edu

Pallavi Singh, Ph.D.
Pallavi Singh, Ph.D.

Pallavi has worked as a Research Associate since 2011. Her studies focused on characterizing the intestinal microbial communities in patients with enteric disease and cattle, and examining the genomics of multiple pathogens including STEC and Streptococcus agalactiae

pallavis@msu.edu; www.pallavis.com

Bridget Walker
Bridget Walker

Bridget worked as an undergraduate researcher. She studied how group B Streptococcus interacted with human tissues and helped to characterize bacteriophages from human intestinal samples.

walke619@msu.edu